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The High Atlas Foundation is a Moroccan association and a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers committed to furthering sustainable development. Since 2011, HAF has had Consultancy Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

The High Atlas Foundation plants and monitors trees for carbon offset units as a financial catalyst for water infrastructure, women’s cooperatives, education, and other community-designed initiatives to ensure long-term well-being.


HAF also implements programs with partners in the areas of intercultural dialogue and preservation, family literacy, and youth development in response to the defined priorities of local communities. 

How we work

Capacity-building is a distinctive model for development that emphasizes participation, collaboration, and mobilization. HAF programs seek to catalyze and support ongoing human development initiatives through strategic, community-designed initiatives.

A group of women gather around a table in a small room. They are creating maps with colored markers and discussing the process with each other.
A large paper with a map being drawn on it by a woman holding a colorful marker.

Our method of development is centered on the community at every step of the process. With skilled facilitators, community members work collaboratively to identify and prioritize goals. After they have chosen a development project, the local community drives implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Where We’re Going

Our vision is for community planning movements and implementation to become financially self-sustaining through the reinvestment of carbon offset revenue and increased income from fruit tree agriculture.

As small-scale associations and cooperatives achieve financial sustainability through the success of development projects, their collaboration - or even federation - will take place on a broader scale and achieve regional and national reform.

Essentially, HAF’s vision for Moroccan development is Morocco’s vision for itself: the successful implementation of the ideals that are the basis of Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development, Decentralization and the Municipal Charter, the Constitution, and binding participatory actions with sustainable development.

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